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1965 Minnesota Vikings

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7-7-0, Finished 5th in NFL West Division  · 1965 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.1, Offense: 7.9, Defense: -2.8, SoS: 6.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 383 points (27.4/g), 4th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 403 points (28.8/g), 14th.
 Differential of -20 points (-1.4/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 6.6-7.4.

Coach: Norm Van Brocklin (7-7-0)

Stadium: Metropolitan Stadium
 Training Camp: Bemidji State (Bemidji, Minnesota)

Team Info

Co-Owner Bill Boyer
Co-Owner/President Max Winter
General Manager Jim Finks
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 383 4824 912 5.3 37 25 21 277 189 372 2546 21 12 6.3 126 505 2278 19 4.5 130
Team Defense 403 4248 788 5.4 30 11 23 242 187 357 2493 31 19 6.6 120 408 1755 17 4.3 99
Lg Rank Offense 4 4 9 14 2 8 8 9 1 6 1 2 3 3
Lg Rank Defense 14 7 11 12 8 5 6 13 8 10 3 9 10 11

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 19 boxscore L 0-1 @ Baltimore Colts 16 35 16 263 160 103 2 20 310 203 107 2
2 Sun September 26 boxscore L 0-2 Detroit Lions 29 31 15 286 129 157 3 18 224 148 76 1
3 Sun October 3 boxscore W 1-2 @ Los Angeles Rams 38 35 18 392 241 151 1 20 361 240 121 3
4 Sat October 9 boxscore W 2-2 New York Giants 40 14 22 360 187 173 1 13 245 184 61 3
5 Sun October 17 boxscore L 2-3 Chicago Bears 37 45 26 413 109 304 5 16 316 134 182 1
6 Sun October 24 boxscore W 3-3 @ San Francisco 49ers 42 41 27 549 395 154 4 21 438 259 179 2
7 Sun October 31 boxscore W 4-3 @ Cleveland Browns 27 17 25 408 212 196 1 11 167 133 34
8 Sun November 7 boxscore W 5-3 Los Angeles Rams 24 13 18 359 187 172 2 26 320 200 120 1
9 Sun November 14 boxscore L 5-4 Baltimore Colts 21 41 20 249 85 164 2 20 393 201 192
10 Sun November 21 boxscore L 5-5 Green Bay Packers 13 38 19 364 181 183 6 16 339 159 180 3
11 Sun November 28 boxscore L 5-6 San Francisco 49ers 24 45 18 287 195 92 3 20 403 209 194 3
12 Sun December 5 boxscore L 5-7 @ Green Bay Packers 19 24 21 336 85 251 2 16 266 153 113 4
13 Sun December 12 boxscore W 6-7 @ Detroit Lions 29 7 15 274 199 75 2 8 135 106 29 4
14 Sun December 19 boxscore W 7-7 @ Chicago Bears 24 17 17 284 181 103 3 17 331 164 167 3

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
10 Fran Tarkenton* 25 QB 14 14 7-7-0 171 329 52.0 2609 19 5.8 11 3.3 72 7.9 7.6 15.3 186.4 83.8 2 2
15 Ron Vander Kelen 26 4 0 18 40 45.0 252 2 5.0 0 0.0 38 6.3 7.3 14.0 63.0 82.5
17 Bob Berry 23 2 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
20 Tommy Mason 26 HB/PR 10 9 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0
Team Total 25.4 14 7-7-0 189 372 50.8 2861 21 5.6 12 3.2 72 7.7 7.4 15.1 204.4 81.8 2 2
Opp Total 14 187 357 52.4 2692 31 8.7 19 5.3 7.5 6.88 14.4 192.3 83.9 23 199 6.6 5.9 6.1

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Rushing Receiving
No. Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
30 Bill Brown* 27 FB 14 12 160 699 6 40 4.4 49.9 11.4 41 503 12.3 1 47 2.9 35.9 1202 7 9
20 Tommy Mason 26 HB/PR 10 9 141 597 10 26 4.2 59.7 14.1 22 321 14.6 1 72 2.2 32.1 918 11 9
24 Phil King 29 14 0 72 356 0 21 4.9 25.4 5.1 12 96 8.0 1 25 0.9 6.9 452 1 3
10 Fran Tarkenton* 25 QB 14 14 56 356 1 36 6.4 25.4 4.0 356 1 5
33 Billy Ray Barnes 30 14 0 48 148 0 18 3.1 10.6 3.4 3 15 5.0 0 7 0.2 1.1 163 0 1
41 Dave Osborn 22 14 0 20 106 2 21 5.3 7.6 1.4 1 4 4.0 0 4 0.1 0.3 110 2 2
15 Ron Vander Kelen 26 4 0 4 13 0 20 3.3 3.3 1.0 13 0 1
34 Jim Young 22 2 0 3 4 0 4 1.3 2.0 1.5 4 0 1
19 Lance Rentzel 22 KR 11 0 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 -1 0 4
85 Paul Flatley 24 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 50 896 17.9 7 58 3.6 64.0 896 7 1
87 Gordie Smith 26 TE 14 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 22 431 19.6 5 49 1.6 30.8 431 5 1
28 Tom Hall 25 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 287 19.1 2 69 1.1 20.5 287 2 3
82 Red Phillips 29 WR 12 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 185 12.3 1 43 1.3 15.4 185 1 0
86 Hal Bedsole 24 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 123 15.4 3 36 0.9 13.7 123 3 0
Team Total 25.4 14 505 2278 19 40 4.5 162.7 36.1 189 2861 15.1 21 72 13.5 204.4 5139 40 41
Opp Total 14 408 1755 17 4.3 125.4 29.1 187 2493 13.3 31 13.4 178.1 4248 48 25

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
19 Lance Rentzel 22 KR 11 0 4 9 0 6 2.3 23 602 1 101 26.2 610
41 Dave Osborn 22 14 0 18 422 0 92 23.4 532
47 Dick James 31 4 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 11 212 0 28 19.3 217
20 Tommy Mason 26 HB/PR 10 9 9 63 0 17 7.0 3 66 0 26 22.0 1047
34 Jim Young 22 2 0 4 7 0 5 1.8 4 78 0 28 19.5 89
28 Tom Hall 25 14 0 3 21 0 9 7.0 4 93 0 29 23.3 401
33 Billy Ray Barnes 30 14 0 3 37 0 18 12.3 200
24 Phil King 29 14 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 466
59 Lonnie Warwick 23 llb 14 7 1 10 1 10 10.0 10
Team Total 25.4 14 22 115 1 17 5.2 67 1524 1 101 22.7 6778
Opp Total 14 29 261 0 9.0 62 1557 1 25.1

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
14 Fred Cox 27 K 14 0 2 2 10 10 12 8 9 2 2 1 35 23 65.7% 44 44 100.0%
39 Bobby Walden 27 P 14 0 51 2146 61 0 42.1
Team Total 25.4 14 2 2 10 10 12 8 9 2 2 1 35 23 65.7% 44 44 100.0% 51 2146 61 0 42.1
Opp Total 14 20 11 55.0% 53 52 98.1% 64 2458 38.4

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
30 Bill Brown* 27 FB 14 12 0 9 3 0 0
20 Tommy Mason 26 HB/PR 10 9 0 9 2 0 0
10 Fran Tarkenton* 25 QB 14 14 0 5 3 0 0
45 Ed Sharockman 26 RCB 14 14 6 118 1 40 0
22 Jeff Jordan 22 12 0 4 45 0 18 0 0 0 1 0 0
19 Lance Rentzel 22 KR 11 0 0 4 1 0 0
28 Tom Hall 25 14 0 0 3 1 0 0
24 Phil King 29 14 0 0 3 1 0 0
33 Billy Ray Barnes 30 14 0 0 1 2 0 0
58 Rip Hawkins 26 MLB 14 14 3 68 1 35 0
29 Karl Kassulke 24 LS 14 8 2 31 0 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
41 Dave Osborn 22 14 0 0 2 1 0 0
25 Larry Vargo 26 RS 13 11 3 18 0 18 0
81 Carl Eller 23 LDE 14 14 0 0 2 9 0 1
36 John Kirby 23 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
70 Jim Marshall 28 RDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
67 Grady Alderman* 27 LT 13 13 0 0 1 0 0
61 Larry Bowie 26 RG 14 14 0 0 1 15 0
85 Paul Flatley 24 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
47 Dick James 31 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
77 Gary Larsen 25 LDT 12 9 0 0 1 0 0
44 George Rose 23 LCB 10 10 1 6 0 6 0
87 Gordie Smith 26 TE 14 9 0 1 0 0 0
64 Milt Sunde 23 LG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
15 Ron Vander Kelen 26 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
59 Lonnie Warwick 23 llb 14 7 0 0 1 0 0
34 Jim Young 22 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.4 14 19 286 2 40 0 0 41 27 24 0 2
Opp Total 14 35 25 14

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
14 Fred Cox 27 K 14 0 44 23 113
20 Tommy Mason 26 HB/PR 10 9 10 1 11 66
30 Bill Brown* 27 FB 14 12 6 1 7 42
85 Paul Flatley 24 WR 14 14 7 7 42
87 Gordie Smith 26 TE 14 9 5 5 30
86 Hal Bedsole 24 9 0 3 3 18
28 Tom Hall 25 14 0 2 2 12
41 Dave Osborn 22 14 0 2 2 12
58 Rip Hawkins 26 MLB 14 14 1 1 6
24 Phil King 29 14 0 1 1 6
82 Red Phillips 29 WR 12 9 1 1 6
19 Lance Rentzel 22 KR 11 0 1 1 6
45 Ed Sharockman 26 RCB 14 14 1 1 6
10 Fran Tarkenton* 25 QB 14 14 1 1 6
59 Lonnie Warwick 23 llb 14 7 1 1 6
81 Carl Eller 23 LDE 14 14 1 2
79 Jim Prestel 28 13 0 1 2
Team Total 25.4 14 19 21 1 1 2 44 44 23 2 381
Opp Total 14 17 31 1 3 1 52 11 403